Tajuan McCarty is the Founder and Executive Director of The WellHouse, a nonprofit, faith-based and Christ-centered agency dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation/human trafficking. She has experience in social work, community outreach, and as a consultant on women’s issues. Her professional experience includes leadership positions in which she has assisted women ex-offenders re-enter society; helped implement Alabama’s first program devoted to helping chronically homeless, severely mentally ill women and as a social worker for the Alabama Department of Human Resources. She holds Master degrees in Public Health and Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor/Field Director, (in her spare time)!
Tajuan is uniquely qualified to lead The WellHouse, as she understands victims situations too well. At 15, she was sexually exploited by her “boyfriend-turned-pimp”. She was trafficked to Birmingham so many times, it became her home. Her many experiences make her a passionate advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Tajuan was recognized as one of The Top 20 Women Who Make a Difference in Birmingham in 2013 due to her efforts to fight human trafficking.
Alexa James has served in a multitude of roles when it comes to growing businesses and revenue streams. She owned and managed her own distribution company for 10 years. Alexa also draws from her experience as Major Account Manager for FedEx Kinkos, where she was responsible for growing relationships and penetrating sales in named major commercial accounts such as regional and national law firms, corporate legal departments, and major regional and state universities. Alexa learned the power of developing lasting and profitable business relationships.
But Alexa’s true calling was to go into ministry and serve those who need her skills in business development to raise awareness and fundraising for life-changing mission work. As a recent graduate of Highlands College with an emphasis on human trafficking, women’s ministry and missions work, her time in this program of study fed her passion for social justice and led her to The WellHouse.
In her role with The Wellhouse she has created and funded her own position as Development Director, working to form strategic corporate donor sponsorships as well as growing church and community donation channels. Through her efforts she created a way for herself and other WellHouse staff to receive compensation for their work rescuing trafficked women and girls here in the Southeast and across the country.
Alexa continues to grow the donor efforts and build successful pipelines for funding the ongoing and every expanding mission work of The Wellhouse.
Hear more about the WellHouse here.